WELLINGTON, March 7 (Xinhua) -- About 10,000 Christchurch houses are beyond repair and will have to be demolished following the massive 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Feb. 22, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key said on Monday.
Key told the post cabinet press conference that early indications suggest another 100,000 homes are damaged.
He said the Earthquake Commission has begun land assessments and will begin assessing houses from this week.
Key said building supply company Fletcher Construction has begun emergency repairs to houses as part of a 5 million NZ dollars (3.7 million U.S. dollars) contribution to quake relief.
Housing New Zealand and the Department of Building and Housing are collating offers of emergency accommodation and working to provide short and long-term accommodation.
Key said there is more temporary accommodation available than people are taking up.